Hereford & Worcester

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service awarded £4.2m grant

Hereford and Worcester Fire Service has been handed £4.2m of government funding to move its headquarters and merge three stations.

The plans will see the fire service join West Mercia Police at its Hindlip Hall headquarters near Worcester.

Three fire stations in Wyre Forest, meanwhile, are expected to be replaced by a single building, in a project expected to cost £2.38m.

The new facility is also expected to provide space for ambulance and police.

A public consultation is expected to start in the new year, before any of the plans are finalised.

Mark Garnier, Conservative MP for the Wyre Forest said he had sought assurances that the merger of Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport stations into a single hub would not lead to cuts in front-line staff and units.

At the beginning of October, the service announced plans to cut two engines and 38 full-time firefighters as part of savings measures.

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